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Research

In addition to education, and the multitude of avenues and services that University of Utah Health provides, our faculty and staff conduct, collaborate, and initiate research. We advance knowledge through innovative, basic, and clinical research and translate our discoveries into applications that help people.

The University of Utah is ranked among the top 30 public research universities in the nation with particular distinctions in medicine and genetics. As a result of our benchmarking research, the university received over $309 million in research and student aid funding from external sources and ranks 15th in the nation for significant awards to faculty for research efforts.

Research in the health sciences spans many fields of study. From genetics, to molecular biology – from biomedical engineering to drug and pharmaceutical research; University of Utah researchers are on the leading edge of the development and enhancement of knowledge in the medical and health sciences.

News & Blog

One Has It and One Doesn't: Changing the Trajectory of a Rare Disease
Research
Mar 31, 2017

One Has It and One Doesn't: Changing the Trajectory of a Rare Disease

rare disease, genetics

A brother and sister share the same rare disease. Only, while the girl is disabled for life, her brother is a typical, rambunctious preschooler. The difference? The brother was diagnosed at birth and the sister was not. University of Utah Health geneticist Nicola Longo and pathologist Marzia Pasquali have committed themselves to making sure that, like little Louis, all children with the rare disorder have the best chance for a normal life.... Read More

Pediatrics
Vitae: People and Stories That Drive Our Research
Research
Dec 20, 2016

Vitae: People and Stories That Drive Our Research

Internal Medicine, Huntsman Cancer Institute, ,

A mother who died unexpectedly, a chance encounter with a snail biologist, a patient whose hands were so swollen that she could barely take care of her newborn. Inspiration often comes from unexpected places, a theme that reverberated throughout University of Utah Health Science’s annual Vitae. This year’s event spotlighted six star junior faculty who captivated the crowd with stories of their science, and how they got to where they are today.... Read More

Internal Medicine

Driving Discovery


A Viral “Bait-and-Switch” Boosts Infection

Viruses have come up with a clever way of overcoming the organism it seeks to infect: it turns the host’s biology upon itself. But in the case of an aggressive herpesvirus that descends upon non-human primates, ...

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Vitamin C Regulates Blood Stem Cells, Decreasing Risk of Blood Cancer

Adult stem cells are a cellular blank slate.  These unspecialized cells grow for long periods and can morph into specialized cells to maintain and repair tissues in the body. Most adult stem cells produce special...

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The Severity of Heart Scar Tissue May Increase Incidence of Stroke

In a recent study, University of Utah Health researchers found severe left atrial fibrosis was associated with an increased risk for major adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events, including stroke, heart att...

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Immune System Cells Protect Against CMV-Induced Hearing Loss in Mice

Immune system cells known as natural killer (NK) cells play an important protective role against hearing loss in mice infected with cytomegalovirus (CMV), according to a new study published in PLOS Pathogens. Mot...

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